Archive | Wildlife Habitats

The Role of Native Cultivars in the Ecological Landscape: Evaluating Insect Preferences and Nectar Quality in Phlox and Its Cultivars

by Keith Nevison Take a trip to your local nursery and head to the native plant section. Do you come across any cultivars of native plants (“nativars”) among their offerings? Do you wonder if these selections offer the same level of ecological benefits to native wildlife as their straight species counterparts? As a landscaper, how […]

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Growing on the Wild Side

Creating a Backyard Demonstration Area for People and Wildlife by Rachel Stevens Watch us “grow” as we develop a backyard wildlife gardening demonstration area on a conservation property along the shores of Great Bay, New Hampshire. Although still being created, the garden will showcase ideas to create a low maintenance and beautiful backyard that also […]

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Everyone Can Play a Role in Pollinator Conservation

by Kelly Gill Pollinators – especially bees – are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. Nearly 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. This includes more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The fruits, seeds, and livestock feed produced by pollinators provides over […]

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Designing Hedgerows to Connect Habitat

by Rebecca Lindenmeyr Habitat fragmentation is a serious problem across the country and a significant contributor to the loss of biodiversity worldwide. Here in Vermont, development in the Burlington area continues to fragment the habitat blocks that remain. Preserving as much forest and open land as possible is of course the first line of defense, […]

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The Lives of Spring Wildflowers

by Carol Gracie Our spring wildflowers, many of them ephemerals that grace our woodlands for only a brief period each year, are intricately tied to other organisms in the environment. Their flowering time evolved over millennia in woodlands that once cloaked most of the eastern part of the country. During colonial times the forests were […]

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